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Articles by Backyard Goats Contributor

I’m Selling, Trading, or Giving Away My Goat

Peggy Boone, owner of International Goat, Sheep, Camelid Registry IGSCR-IDGR, gives a short tutorial on the need for permanent identification.

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What to Do About Mastitis and Uneven Udders
September 30, 2020 · · Health

Sometimes mastitis just happens. Even though the barn lot is kept dry and the bedding clean, the prewash and post-milking spray used effectively, sometimes an individual will exhibit signs of mastitis.

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Breeding Resistance to Scrapie in Goats
September 26, 2020 · · Health

Scrapie in goats is a deadly infectious disease that can shut down an entire operation with a single diagnosis. But scientists have concluded that two naturally occurring goat alleles in the prion gene each confer resistance to classical scrapie. You may already have these genetics in your herd.

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All About Nigerian Dwarf Goats
September 8, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

The Nigerian Dwarf goat is a miniature goat of West African origin. Nigerian Dwarf goats are enjoying a rise in popularity due to their small size and colorful markings.

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Summertime Calls for Goat Milk Ice Cream

Ice cream using whole goat milk is fantastic. However, plan to eat it up, as it will freeze hard as a rock and will not be easy to dip. Using half cream and half whole milk will make an ice cream that will not freeze so hard and it will be easy to scoop, just like the store-bought stuff.

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Feeding Goats and Sheep 101

Feeding goats can be as diverse as their purposes. Goats – and for that matter, sheep – have many different purposes: Meat, milk, pets, therapy, commercial production, and valuable homestead livestock.

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All About Goat Wattles

By general consensus of those who have attempted to define them, goat wattles are simply hair-covered appendages of flesh hanging from the throat area. hanging from the throat area. There are goat breeders themselves who have interesting theories on how, why, and what goat wattles are for.

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Goat Blood Testing – A Smart Move!
August 5, 2020 · · Health

What is goat blood testing, and why should you do it? Where can you find goat testing lab and how do you know what goat diseases to test for?

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Finding Success in a Straw
August 5, 2020 · · Health

Perhaps the most obvious reason for A.I. is to eliminate keeping a live buck on the premises. Even if you’re only breeding a few each year, A.I. can easily be the cheaper, more time-efficient option. Another big bonus is the opportunity to utilize the genetics of very elite bucks, particularly those in herds you would otherwise be unable to access.

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How to Treat Goat Diseases and Illnesses Naturally
August 3, 2020 · · Health

When it comes to goat diseases and illnesses, there are many ways to care for dairy goats naturally, without chemical intervention.

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